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Thread: Happy Independence Day! ĎA nation alive, a people with pride. Belize at 25.'

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    Another Belizean Guest

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    ilam96 Guest
    naw mein, cyah bite the hand weh midi feed mi.....till now....

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    But yo si mi X nuh?

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    haahahah di gial di tell it like it is mein...ah cud relate to it....
    Love is a many splendid thing and food run a close second.

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    Ch 7:

    Bredda David's Back for 'Dis Septemba'




    He's a 30 year veteran of the music scene but Bredda David's perspective on music remains fresh. He's released a new single to encourage unity during the celebrations called "Dis Septemba, Mek Wi Rememba." He told us that it's the duty of very artist to produce and perform in this month and, as the originator of his own style of music, for him that responsibility goes double.

    Bredda Obi,
    ďCongo music is the music that I created and it continues to grow and only get stronger. I decided, with so much that I people have done over the years, Iíve written a song to try to make us reunite as Belizeans, at least in the month of September. So this Septemba mek wi rememba, St. Georgeís Caye and Independence Day.

    This is the month when we have to step up. I consider my job very serious as a Belizean entertainer. This is the time when we the Belizean musicians needs to play music, bring out the music so our people can get excited and people can hear what we are doing. If no other month in the year, September is the month when we need for all the Belizean musicians to release as much music as we could so we could excite our people and make our people feel proud in this month.Ē

    Bredda David's album is available widely.

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    Originally posted by ilam96
    i wuda really wah know weh belizeans gat fi be proud offa...?....jus di name?
    WB to the board mi friend, happy to see you are back with us. Tek care.
    Don't cry because it's over.. .Smile because it happened.

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    thanks my dear...its good to be back....

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    Bz Times:

    BELIZE @ 25 CELEBRATIONS BIGGER AND BETTER
    The September Celebrations Committee under Chairman Hon. Godfrey Smith, the Minister of Tourism and Co-Chairman Yasser Musa, the President of NICH, today launched its Calendar of Events to commemorate the 208 anniversary of the Battle of St. Georgeís Caye and the 25th Silver Anniversary of Belizeís Independence, with a ceremony at the House of Culture.
    Minister Smith, in the speech he gave at the launching ceremony, revealed that the Independence Silver Anniversary celebration on September 21, will be held on Albert and Regent Streets where it was when the Independence Celebrations was held in 1981 and several years there after.

    When asked why the switch from BTL Newtown Barracks Park to Albert and Regent Street, Minister Smith replied: ďIt is because this Independence Celebration is the silver anniversary and we want to make it special.Ē

    Yasser Musa who also spoke at the ceremony, said some new events will be held in this yearís September Celebrations and be highlighted some of them. One of them will be a display of 60 of the most impressive works of art at the Museum and an exhibit of the real Jade Head.

    Musa also said that another new event will be a performance sponsored by the Embassy of Taiwan which will feature world class performers from that country. In addition, he highlighted a technology exhibition which will be held at the House of Culture and will be done by a team of Taiwanese experts.

    ďWe are trying to attract over 4,000 students to attend the eventĒ, said Musa.

    Musa also highlighted the Tribute to Belizean Patriots event in which 25 awards will be presented. He spoke too about the annual Creole Festival which will be held at the House of Culture and which will feature a youth talent parade of stars.

    Another event which he highlighted will be a Musical show which is being prepared by internationally renowned musician and pianist Francs Reneau.

    ďIn his September Celebration the emphasis will be on CultureĒ, he said.

    Mrs. Deidra Isaacs Haylock, the Public Relations Officer for the September Celebrations Committee took to the podium next and announced that the winner of the theme competition was Victor Cucul, 28, a volunteer fireman, residing in Belmopan. Cuculís theme was ďA Nation alive a people with pride, Belize at 25.Ē Cucul received $1,000.00 for his prize.

    Mrs. Haylock made mention of two others whose themes were good. They are Stephanie Betancourt and Sheena Banner, 16, a fourth form student of Nazarene High School.

    The Mayor of Belize City, Zenaida Moya was a guest speaker at the ceremony. She thanked Yasser Musa and other members of the September Celebrations Committee for the work they have done.

    The Master of Ceremonies was Rene Villanueva of Love FM. Canon Leroy Flowers gave the invocation. The national anthem was sung by Tanya Carter.

    At the end of the ceremony a package containing 2 compact discs with September Celebration songs selected by Tony Wright was presented to each person in attendance.

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    Look like ah hafto mek wah about turn when I go back next week.....

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    Ch 7:

    Lucio & Junio Return for September Bramming


    Earlier this week, you heard Bredda David say that, in the festive month of September, it the duty of artists to come up with new music for Belizeans to celebrate with. Well two veterans who have stepped up to the plate admirably. Colville Young Jr. and Lucio Enriquez put out their contribution to the music of the season. They've been out of the studio since 1991 when they last had an album and now they're back with a tru-tru bram album. The CD is entitled Juni and Lucio returns. Featuring classics like Duwanani and Macachista, the veterans of the scene told us that this is their way of trying to recapture that good time September spirit.

    Colville Young Jr.,
    ďWe were a bit upset that the whole September celebrations seemed to have gone kind of low and in our opinion it was the artists, the former old time musicians in the Lord Rhaburn Combo professionals and they are the ones who made the September month what it used to be. But it got commercialized somewhere along the line with Byron Lee and the reggae artists and all that so we just believe that September is supposed to be something local, it is all about us so that we are just trying to get the whole month back to what it used to be and we believe the artists should lead that charge. So we just want to be counted.Ē

    Lucio Enriquez,
    ďIt is very dance, everything in there is for the dance hall. It was catered for that. It includes folk songs, it has punta rock, it has folk songs in punta rock, it has a heavy Garifuna flavor. We went to Stann Creek and we worked with one of the big producers from Dangriga and he had some Garifuna primero drums, shells, and so on so it has a heavy Garifuna influence. We wrote most of the songs but there are other songs that we just took and we add our flavor to it. We have a very nice collection there.Ē

    The CD is available widely.

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    English-speaking Belize dances to its own rhythms

    By CYNTHIA CAMPBELL
    Travel editor
    Published: Sep 3, 2006




    Snuggled between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize celebrates the 25th anniversary of its independence throughout September with parades, pageants, music and food.

    English-speaking Belize gained its independence from Great Britain on Sept. 21, 1982. Since then, the country had developed into a place where multi-ethnic groups, including Creole, Maya, Mestizo and Garifuna (African-Carib Indian) create a culturally dynamic nation.

    Traditionally, celebration activities center in and around Belize City, the countryís social and financial hub. But smaller events are held throughout the country. Visitors are invited to join the fun at karaoke competitions, fishing tournaments, fireworks displays, arts and crafts exhibitions, basketball tournaments and cultural dance performances.

    Special events include Carnival in Belize City on Sept. 9, featuring a massive street parade with participants in elaborate costumes. Independence Day, Sept. 21, brings the biggest bash of all with another colorful parade. Live music concerts add the rhythms of Punta, reggae and soca music. Festivities also feature Belizean cuisine, motorcades and block parties.

    Up-to-date schedules are available on a special Web site: http://www.septembercelebrations.com. The country is a two-hour plane ride from the continental United States. To find more information and make travel plans, contact http://www.travelbelize.org or call (800) 624-0686.

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    Ch 7:

    Zenaida Wants Students to March on Tenth Day

    And while City Hall is hammering things out with sanitation contractors and the BTB, it had no such luck with the Ministry of Education. On August 28, Moya wrote Chief Education Officer Maud Hyde asking her to order primary school children from standards four to six to march on the Tenth Parade.

    Yesterday, one week later, Hyde wrote back, telling Mayor Moya, that, "due to the rigors associated with parading, traditionally only high schools participate." Hyde goes on to explain that because school management and parents would have to be consulted, there just wasn't enough time to, "raise the discussion."

    Well City Hall was none too pleased with that reaction and issued a release yesterday saying that it is disappointed at the ministry taking a decision that it feels, undermined the spirit of the celebrations.

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    Ch 7:

    Let The Celebrating Begin...


    On Friday night, the September celebrations officially opened with a ceremony at the bliss parking lot on Regent Street. It was a mixture of official-dom and cultural gala. Watch the cultural elements, that started the celebration season off on a definite theme of diversity

    Watch the video on demand!

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    Ch 7:

    The Deer Dance Comes to Town




    As part of the opening ceremonies to the Jades of Belize Exhibit a dance group from Otosha Village was invited to take part. They depicted a centuries old performance of the deer dance. Outside of the Toledo District it's almost as if this dance had never existed but now thanks to funding from the CARD Project, BTB and NICH what had once been reserved for very few eyes made its way into Belize City. It's a significant move for the Maya culture and Greg Choc says it's one they intend to build on.

    Greg Choc,
    "We have always been practicing this and one of the challenges we have had is, we don't have any costumes here. We have to rent them in Guatemala. It is costly and the village of Otaxha has always performed it and that initiative led to they approaching CARD. CARD is a project of the government of Belize to fund the procurement of the costumes.

    I felt that it wasn't only about procuring a costume. I wanted it to be the revitalization of a culture. We need to begin to think innovatively, how can we continue to practice our culture, our dances without commercializing it, without undervaluing it sacredness to us.

    What we are trying to do is come up with a plan where we can practice and try to build a sustainability within the practice of the culture where we can procure and pay expenses that we will incur in terms of traveling, food, and transportation for performers."

    The costumes for the deer dance were secured through funding from CARD and the BTB. Choc says there are at least 6 dances for which similar costumes are required and for which there is works underway to get.

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    Ch 5:

    Creole festival highlights preservation of culture

    The Garinagu have November nineteenth, Mestizos October twelfth and--without an official designation--September tenth has been the traditional time for the Creole to shine. Today, the National Kriol Council rallied its people around a proud culture.

    These boys and girls may have gotten a bit confused trying to recreate a tradition of their grandparents ... but eventually the maypole was properly plaited.

    The game is just one of the fun activities held to promote the Creole Culture at the festival hosted on the grounds of the House of Culture. National Kriol Council president Myrna Manzanares says that at this time as we reflect on just how far Belize has come as an independent nation we should not forget to focus on the ethnic groups that helped make us who we are today ... thatís why the National Kriol Council is also advocating to the observance of a day in their honour.

    Myrna Manzanares, President, National Kriol Council
    ďBelizeans have to know that and have to understand that every culture has there input but we have been the significant and a large part of the development. So we have to got a Creole Day. The Garinaguís came after, they have the nineteenth and the people pushed for it, and we are not taking anything away from them. Consequently the Belize Creole who have been here for so long it is important they have their own day. We have the foods. A lot of different types of food. The rice and beans, the Belizean dish not only the Creole dish. It has come to be the Belizean dish. We have crab soup, we have fudge, tablata, cotobrut and different things like that.Ē

    Much activity has taken place to promote the Creole Culture but it has been an ongoing struggle to achieve.

    Myrna Manzanares
    ďIt has been a very big struggle. The reason why we have the outcome of people out here today and the last two years was because of the support of NICH, who assisted with having the infrastructure.Ē

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